What is Chinese Kung-Fu
Kung-Fu, which originated in the Shaolin Temple in China over
4,000 years ago, is considered to be the oldest Martial Art in
the world. It is a highly effective method of self-discipline
incorporating breathing techniques to those used in Yoga, body
conditioning, ancient exercises, and various methods of fighting
techniques. The Kung-fu style uses powerful, graceful dance-like
techniques, with considerable emphasis on leg techniques, arm
techniques, and mental discipline.
The practice of Kung-Fu consists of self-defense, fitness and
self-confidence; the mental and physical discipline used in Kung-Fu
has benefits for everyone. Self-confidence grows with time in
the class, with a calm and more peaceful persona typically developing.
Kung-Fu removes a lot of insecurity and doubt from an individual
and therefore removes a lot of internal emotional conflict, leading
to a more harmonious and balanced life style.
The teacher is referred to simply as Sifu, which means teacher,
founder or head of the school, father, and head of the system;
assistant teachers have their first names preceded by the title
of Sifu but are also commonly referred to as older brothers or
Certain traditional behaviors were established in past schools
and handed down to the present. One of these is bowing. This is
a gesture of respect, trust, and courtesy.
1. Bow upon entering or leaving the workout area to show respect
for the school.
2. Bow when beginning to train with a chosen partner for the honor
of practicing with them.
3. Bow when leaving a training partner as a way of thanking them.
Kung-fu is the art of striking and grappling. It is a combination
of punches, kicks and strikes with long and short ranges, grappling,
joint locks, and strangling and nerve holds designed to restrain
Used as a fighting system, it will increase aerobic and anaerobic
conditioning, muscular development, fitness, agility, flexibility,
balance and co-ordination.
No matter what the reason was that prompted you to begin training,
be it for fitness, self-defense or whatever else, the bottom line
is you want to improve yourself physically. While this will occur
naturally during the course of your training, other more subtle
changes also take place.
You will find that your ability to react calmly under stress improves,
you will be able to concentrate or focus on any given task more
easily, and you find yourself developing a far-reaching mental
and spiritual strength that compliments your physical abilities.
Applying the principles of Kung-fu to your everyday life will
help you achieve true victory over the circumstances and adversities
we all face in our family lives, jobs and other daily affairs.
It is toward this end that we strive to maintain and live up to
the principals by which past Kung-fu Masters lived.
One of the main flaws which we must guard against as Martial Artists
is arrogance. This is why the responsibilities of discipline and
respect must be adhered to. It is important that as a Martial
Artist you must maintain the strength of character to uphold the
rules and values of our school and style. We are very proud to
be able to say that we can trace our Kung Fu lineage back through
Sifu Arthur Berry, to Grandmaster Yin in China and beyond.